Feed Regulatory Renewal Consolidated Modernized Framework Proposal – November 2015

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At a corporate level, the CFIA has embarked on a comprehensive change agenda to strengthen its foundation of legislation, regulatory programs, and inspection delivery with the following goals:

  • Legal frameworks that are robust, flexible, and consistent with international approaches and appropriate for 21st century;
  • Regulations that reduce unnecessary compliance burden and support innovation while maintaining public safety, as well as environmental and economic sustainability; and
  • Inspection delivery that is based on common inspection activities and standard processes, and supported by a renewed training regime.

With respect to the Agency's livestock feed regulatory program, the achievement of these goals is being realized:

  • Amendments to modernize the Feeds Act were tabled in Parliament in December 2013 as part of the Agricultural Growth Act, a comprehensive bill that aimed to modernize several statutes administered by the CFIA. The Agricultural Growth Act and the statutory amendments it contained in it received Royal Assent and came into force in late February 2015.
  • As part of a comprehensive, multi-year regulatory modernization process, the CFIA launched its Feed Regulatory Renewal project in January 2012 as one of several priority frameworks for modernization; and
  • Following extensive development and consultation during 2012-2014, the CFIA has finalized a modernized, Integrated Agency Inspection Model (iAIM) that is being implemented across all Agency food, animal and plant health regulatory programs.

In initiating the Feed Regulatory Renewal project in 2012, the following project-specific objectives have formed the basis for proposals and consultation to date:

Develop a modernized risk-based and outcome-based regulatory framework for feeds which:

  • safeguards feeds and the food production continuum;
  • attains the most effective and efficient balance between fair and competitive trade in the market; and
  • minimizes regulatory burden.

In bearing these objectives in mind, this proposal also identifies how both the Feeds Act amendments provided by the Agricultural Growth Act and the iAIM are influencing the design of a modernized regulatory framework for livestock feed.

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